Dec 14, 2012 1:00am PST
's no question there was politics at play here by republicans who were really, really angry about benghazi, and she illustrated that, but it was more than that. it was also personality driven, because democrats even think she is very smart and capable but maybe doesn't have the personality for the job. >> gloria, i heard you say earlier that you think ambassador rice underestimated the club. what did you mean by that? >> right. that was from a democrat very close to the white house. she said the club is really important on capitol hill. john kerry is the leader in that club, john mccain likes him an awful lot and would clearly go along with that nomination. also, when she traveled up there and she wanted to go up there to talk to these senators, there is a sense from the source that she kind of overestimated her ability to woo them over on the question of benghazi. that was a really big pre-existing condition for her, and dana just pointed out, she didn't win over susan collins, who was quite important to her. >> and david, i mean, what do you make of this? is this just a sign of how parti
Dec 13, 2012 7:00pm PST
clear from as soon as the controversy over benghazi, the comments began that it wasn't going to happen? >> i don't think this is just about partisanship. and i don't think it is just good benghazi. that was an issue of course. but in this case, there are a number of senators on both sides to the aisle that believe the united states has tough work ahead in international relations. someone has to negotiate with the iranians to make sure we don't get into a conflict there and sbhn a toughness and authority of a jim baker and frankly, there was a sense about susan rice that even though she is very talented and i think she did a generous thing today by withdrawing, she really was loyal to her president by him doing that. but there was also a sense that she didn't have the weight. she didn't have the background that senator kerry does. and he is extremely schooled and knows the rough parts of the world. there was a sense in the senate that people there would just be more comfortable with him representing the united states. >> david, what do you think this says about president obama himself.
Dec 14, 2012 6:00am PST
immediately following what happened in benghazi and trying to explain that on behalf of the administration. when she went up to capitol hill to meet with lawmakers the visits backfired. they raised a lot of questions and she was there to try to answer them and try to assuage concerns, that was true with senator susan hollins of maine, a republican but a moderate and that was seen as very troubling in all of this process. some critic also say, don, that without the nomination, she was left twisting in the wind but there's also this sense that president obama has a whole lot on his plate. he's obviously involved in this fight over the striking a deal on the fiscal cliff, and then going into next year, a lot of goals obviously to follow on that entitlement reform, spending cuts, tax reform and don't forget immigration reform is also a priority, so i think there was a sense that do you really spend all of this political capital on this fight when there's so many other things to do. >> and so she referenced that as well in her letter that she put out yesterday. alyse, you cover the state depart